Allegations on prefabricated hospital tendering process unfounded – Fearne

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne said that the allegations that a local private company knew beforehand of the tender that the government was to issue to build a prefabricated/temporary hospital to treat coronavirus patients are unfounded.

On Monday, the government issued a call for tenders for the purchase and installation of a modular extendable panel negative-pressure field hospital.

PN MP Jason Azzopardi alleged that ‘a prefabricated scandal was in the making’ and in an article on Newsbook.com.mt, Azzopardi said: “how come a German company based in Hessen, called Roder, was requested by TEC Ltd, more than two weeks ago, to furnish this local company owned by a Labour Party crony, with a detailed quotation to bid for this hospital with inflated cubicles?”

Answering the questions of journalists during a press conference in Gozo, Minister Chris Fearne said that he is informed that the mentioned company has denied the allegations and did not bid for the tender.

Fearne said that he does not tolerate certain allegations but in view of the mentioned allegation by PN MP Jason Azzopardi has the CEO of CPSU to suspend the tendering process and has also asked the Permanent Secretary within his Ministry and the Contracts Department to investigate the possibility of irregularities on this matter.

Minister Fearne also said that he informed the Cabinet of his decisions and that the results of the administrative review have not been published yet.

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